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'Rocky King, Detective' - One Minute for Murder

Episode "One Minute for Murder" of the "Live" 50's TV series 'Rocky King, Detective'. As the lead actor was sick, Roscoe Karn's son does lead instead.

Run time Approx 26 Minutes
Production Company DuMont Television Network
Audio/Visual Mono Sound, Black and White


Reviewer: gl1200phil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2013
Subject: excellent
Just a great show!

This is really a neat little show. They really knew how to develop characters and used that, to help hold the show together.
It also demonstrates, that you do not need to have a big budget or a lot of special effects, to have an interesting and watchable television show.

As a footnote, I believe I read that the dialogue with Mabel was all impromtu. That was the reason for the 'Additional dialogue by Roscoe Karns' credit.
Reviewer: richgoup - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2012
Subject: One Minute for Murder (Inside Detective).
Cast: Earl Hammond (Detective Sergeant Lane), Grace Carney (Mabel King: Voice), Ned Wertimer (officer Thompson), Mary Jackson (Helen Burns), Barbara Joyce (Nora Wade), Steven Gethers (Mike Bower), Wyley Hancock (Art Paulson) and Ken Roberts (Announcer).
Roscoe Karns was absent from this epispde.
From IMDB.
Good scenario idea for this episode.
Reviewer: Earlon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2010
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Reviewer: Bobbo111 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2010
Subject: Excellent Show
I used to love Rocky King followed by The Plainclothesman on Sunday nights. Live TV was great. Notice in this episode the picture falling down and both actors looking back and then going on as if nothing had happened.
Reviewer: cosmicola - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2009
Subject: Very Cool Show
Now THIS is an excellent example of terrific, entertaining, imaginatively produced Live TV!

Produced on a shoestring, Rocky King, Detective is minimalistic but lively stuff, a bit like a mini-film noir b-movie. There are also 3 more episodes available, for a total of four uploaded here (so far). Thanks to the uploader!

Easily one of the best old TV shows on the Archive, and well worth watching, IMHO.
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2009
Subject: Better than "Law and Order"
This show is a lot more entertaining, and a lot less annoying, than NBC's "Law and Order" series.
Reviewer: Jeice_The_Cuddly_Warrior - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2009
Subject: Agreed
Who needs a budget...this program must of cost next to nothing to produce and it's better than many expensive programs. Too bad DuMont folded, they clearly were onto somehing good.
Reviewer: Archive fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2008
Subject: Who needs a budget?
There's nothing like the electricity generated from a live TV performance, where you watch a program as it unwinds in real time. It just possesses a certain tension that most of today's TV lacks. Everybody involved is on their toes, actors and techies, because it's one take from beginning to end. Sure, Dumont programs were put together on a ten-cent budget, but that forced all involved to use creativity and energy instead of hiding behind pots of money. In this episode, there are flubbed lines, pictures falling off walls, missed cues, doors left open -- but so what? Everything moves along at a brisk pace and makes for an entertaining half hour. Heck, the leading man Roscoe Karns was sick and, it being live TV, they just stuck somebody else in there to substitute that week. Considering the time crunch, lean budget, and realtime situation, all involved did a great job. More importantly, it's a neat little show.
Reviewer: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2008
Subject: Live Drama
This was performed live, like a stage play. It aired on the DuMont Television Network from 1950 to 1954. It's the most # TV series ever produced. 37 episodes survive in the UCLA film and television archive. This show is good, like a TV show should.
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